A few things came to mind related to my books and affiliations. The Second Edition of The Essence of the Music Business – Contracts has found its way to many bookshelves. I get a lot of feedback now, for which I am extremely grateful. Over the past few years, I’ve had a hundreds of conversations with my readers. I don’t know if this is because of my artist manager background – it feels very natural. One of the most important features the artist manager can have is to be accessible – when the artist needs it. The lower the threshold to approach, the better.
I would love to show the feedback I have received – as it would be best for the book marketing. However, all this has a personal dimension. I am talking with my readers about other topics than business topics only. For this reason I want to keep confidentiality and not compromise it in any way. It is surprising how little my work has changed from those most active manager years. Quite many of these conversations have the same swing.
The streaming era changed the job description of the artist manager, at least in some contexts. Strategic social media is nowadays the cornerstone of successful action as we know. A kind of a foundation.
These three books have been written in that order you most commonly encounter them in the real music business. The idea is also to facilitate future updates. Since the structure of the book and the most fundamental laws are not to be changed all the time, the updates can spotted where they have the most essential meaning. I believe such a presentation serves the purpose the best. However, you don’t have to read these books in any particular order – they are sufficiently independent. Nonetheless, the last chapter of this trilogy – Strategy – specifies a lot of things that are dealt with in the first two parts. So, the projected order to read these books could be;
The Essence of the Music Business – Philosophy (for beginners)
The Essence of the Music Business – Contracts (more advanced)
The Essence of the Music Business – Strategy (more advanced)
For those multiple inquiries – the final chapter of Trilogy will be published somewhere between May 15th and 30th.
Here’s the back cover;
‘Understanding the importance of strategy is the basis for rational advancement. In the music business – strategies are not always perceptible. They are multi-layered, long-lasting, but also instantaneously effective. The ultimate goal often transpires along the way.
In order to understand tactics, one has to read between the lines. The reason why different pre-conditions and industrial expectations must always be taken into account is due to conflicts between economic and artistic goals. An artist’s progress often depends on their interest groups’ comfort to these aspects and is about maintaining the balance between business objectives and the artist’s story.
This book deals with factors affecting strategy and how it relates to the artist and their management. Since viable passive income generation in the streaming era is what is most sought after, management missions have also changed. Managers, record companies or music publishers are no longer patriarchs as before, but more like partners. This book illustrates the current state in light of new opportunities.’
I hope a really nice Spring time to you all!